2017/06/23

Three NHK Workshop Fellows Selected!

Their projects are:

Takeshi Kogahara
NAGISA by Takeshi Kogahara
Fuminao and Nagisa are a brother and sister who have lost their mother early. As they grow up, Fuminao becomes aware of his affection for Nagisa, and advances to a university in Tokyo to distance himself from her. In order to see her brother, who would not come home, Nagisa boards a night express bus for Tokyo, but dies in an accident en route. 3 years later, Fuminao sees Nagisa’s ghost in a tunnel he happens to visit. He then makes repeated visits to the tunnel with the hope of seeing her again, but to no avail. Drawn by his yearning for his sister whom he cannot see, Fuminao revisits his hometown.

Kyoko Miyake
Famme Fatal by Kyoko Miyake
Femme Fatale is a story of two women - a serial killer and a journalist whose parallel lives touch and collide.

Yoko, 39, is a frustrated journalist working for a local paper. Stubborn, clumsy and too independent for a Japanese corporate world, she is marginalized at work. In private, she goes through a string of hopeless dates while secretly trying to get pregnant through random sex as well as through IVF.
When the local papers decide to cover the epidemic of lonely deaths, Yoko is assigned with a series of reportage titled ‘Going Solo’. Yoko follows cleaners tasked with cleaning up the apartments left after the lonely deaths. Out of the clues left behind by the lonely men emerges a mysterious woman who knew all the men. In her search for the woman, Yoko is both outraged and inspired by the mystery woman and her insatiable appetite for food and sex.

Takeshi Fukunaga
IOMANTE by Takeshi Fukunaga
Ashi has spent his adult life far away from home, trying to escape his roots as a descendant of indigenous Ainu people of northern Japan, Hokkaido. But when he finally makes the trek north to attend his sister’s traditional Ainu wedding, he develops an unexpected bond with his heritage.
Looking for a way to honor his late father, Ashi moves back to Hokkaido where he decides to attempt to revive the forgotten Ainu ritual, Iomante. To do this, he must capture a baby cub, raise it into a full-grown bear, and then sacrifice the animal. But when he embarks on the journey to put the ritual together, long-overdue confrontations with his family, as well as with the greater Ainu community, test his commitment to making peace with his past.

NHK will host the sixth annual Screenwriters Workshop in Tokyo in August 2017, inviting a creative adviser who has been great mentor at the Sundance Labs. This year to lead the workshop, we have privilege to have Mr. Howard A. Rodman, screenwriter, educator, and president of Writers Guild of America West.

Mr. Howard A. Rodman
Mr. Howard A. Rodman and three creaters
2017/05/08

OH LUCY! to world premiere at The Critics’ Week in Cannes!

OH LUCY!
Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2016 winner, Atsuko Hirayanagi’s OH LUCY! is selected to screen in The International Critics’ Week at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. The festival is schedule to be held from May 17 to May 28, 2017. It will be the film’s world premiere. Congratulations, Atusko!
The International Critics’ Week at the 70th Cannes Film Festival
The International Critics’ Week at the 70th Cannes Film Festival
Shinobu Terajima and Josh Hartnett are starring in the film with Japanese acting masters Koji Yakusho, Kaho Minami, and young Shioli Kutsuna.
NHK supported OH LUCY! production along with OH LUCY.LLC, MATCHGIRL PICTURES, MERIDIAN CONTENT, GLORIA SANCHEZ PRODUCTIONS.

Atsuko Hirayanagi (right) and Shinobu Terajima
(L to R) Atsuko Hirayanagi, Shinobu Terajima
2017/02/13

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2017 Announced

Babak Anvari
Babak Anvari
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have bestowed London-based filmmaker Babak ANVARI with the 2017 Sundance Institute/NHK Award on January 28 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. His winning project is a Neo-Noir thriller I CAME BY.

This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema by recognizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.
2016/07/25

Three NHK Workshop Fellows Selected!

Their projects are:

Laugh, children by Takuma Sato
Takuro Goto, Yoshiki Abe and Seigo Natsui, three old-time friends, come to misunderstand and hurt each other due to differences in their views on life. After various developments around the traditional namahage rituals and the greeting of the New Year, they still carry their respective burdens but appear to have taken one step forward in improving their ways of life.

The Eternal 1900 Miles by Shizuo Masuda
A Philippine woman and her son return from Japan to the Philippines, where they encounter the ghost of a Japanese soldier. They suffer various difficulties, and through them they discover true happiness.

CANTERING by HIKARI
YUMA is a paraplegic comic book artist being manipulated by her best friend and hidden away from society under her mother's smothering care. When she's exposed to the adult comic industry, Yuma is forced to explore a new identity. In the process, she discovers a new purpose in life, a romantic relationship and how to be an independent woman.

NHK will host the fifth Screenwriters Workshop in Tokyo in summer 2016, inviting a creative adviser who has been great mentor at the Sundance Labs. This year, we have privilege to have Mr. Dante Harper to head the workshop.
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2016/02/12

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2016 Announced

Atsuko Hirayanagi
Atsuko Hirayanagi
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced US-based Japanese filmmaker Atsuko HIRAYANAGI as the 2016 Sundance Institute/NHK Award winner on January 30 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Her winning project Oh Lucy! is about a 55 year old single office worker in Tokyo who enrolls in an unorthodox English class, which requires her to take on an American persona, 'Lucy'.

This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema by recognizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.

co-writer Boris Frumin
co-writer Boris Frumin
2015/02/03

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2015 Announced

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced French actress-writer-director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre as the 2015 Sundance Institute/NHK Award winner on January 31 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Her project MUSTANG is about a convict who is forced to confront his past, guilt and conscience by his participation in a rehabilitation program that trains inmates to tame captured wild mustangs.
This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema by recognizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.

Hiroshi Kurosaki, one of selected filmmakers for NHK screenwriting workshop 2014 received Special Mention for his project Prometheus' Fire. He also receives creative support from Sundance Institute.

At the Festival, NHK screenwriting workshop 2013 alumna Atsuko Hirayanagi received the Short Film Jury Award: International Fiction for Oh Lucy!.

Hiroshi Kurosaki
Hiroshi Kurosaki
Atsuko Hirayanagi
Atsuko Hirayanagi
"Oh Lucy!" starring Kaori Momoi
"Oh Lucy!" starring Kaori Momoi
2014/02/10

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2014 Announced

Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced New York based director/filmmaker Mark Elijah Rosenberg as the 2014 Sundance Institute/NHK Award winner on January 24th at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Ad Inexplorata, his winning project, is about an astronaut who craves for exploring the place unknown to the humanity, which is the Mars.
This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema in realizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.

At the Festival, one of Sundance/NHK Award alumni Alejandro Fernández Almendras (2008 award Huacho) received the Grand Jury Award: World Drama Competition for his latest To Kill a Man.
2013/05/29

HELI's Amat Escalante received Best Director at the Cannes!

Amat Escalante, Sundance/NHK Award 2010 winner, was honored as Best Director at the 66th Cannes Film Festival for his third feature film "HELI" about Mexico's brutal drug wars. Congratulations, Amat!

HELI Photo
Amat Escalante
2013/04/19

HELI is in the Cannes' Competition!

Amat Escalante's modern Mexican story HELI, 2010 Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award winner, will be screened in 2013 Cannes Film Festival Competition. Highly anticipated Amat's third feature film will vie for Palme d'Or with 18 other selections from filmmakers such as Roman POLANSKI, Asghar FARHADI, Ethan COEN & Joel COEN, Steven SODERBERGH, and François OZON. Festival De Cannes: May 15 - 26.

HELI Photo 1
HELI Photo 2
2013/02/04

Sundance Institute/NHK Award 2013 Announced

Kentaro Hagiwara (left), Kyohta Fujimoto (right / co-writer)
Kentaro Hagiwara (left), Kyohta Fujimoto (right / co-writer)
Sundance Institute and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) have announced Japanese commercial director/filmmaker Kentaro Hagiwara as the winner of the 2013 Sundance Institute/NHK Award on January 26th at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Hagiwara's winning project is titled "Spectacled Tiger."
This annual award is designed to support new voices in international cinema in realizing winner's next project. The winner receives a cash award of US$10,000 and Sundance Institute's strategic and creative support throughout life of the project.
2013/01/15

Beasts of the Southern Wild got Oscar nominations!

NHK-supported Beasts of the Southern Wild received Academy Award nominations in following four categories;

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Best Picture: Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
Directing: Benh Zeitlin
Actress in a Leading Role: Quvenzhané Wallis
Writing – Adapted Screenplay: Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin

Quvenzhané is the youngest leading actress nominee ever. The Academy Award ceremony is scheduled on February 24.
Congratulations, Beasts!
2013/01/11

May in the Summer opens the Sundance Film Festival!

May in the Summer
NHK proudly congratulates 2011 Sundance Institute / NHK Award winner Cherien Dabis and her film May in the Summer on its premiere in US Dramatic Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. May in the Summer is Cherien’s second feature film and selected as competition opening film.

Sundance Film Festival starts on January 17 and its award ceremony is scheduled on January 26.

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